World’s largest cruise company, Carnival Corporation & plc announced it has joined the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, committed to accelerating the transition toward a net-zero future for the global maritime industry. Carnival Corporation, with nine global cruise line brands, is the first cruise company to join the center’s global community.
Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping aims to advance the maritime industry’s transition to a low carbon future through collaboration across the entire value chain, with the long-term ambition of reaching zero carbon shipping by 2050. Together with its partners, the center is facilitating the development and implementation of sustainable solutions, new technologies and viable transition pathways while driving needed policies and regulations to enable the transition.he
This shared vision closely aligns with Carnival Corporation’s own decarbonization goals and aspiration to achieve net carbon-neutral ship operations by 2050. To achieve this, the company is partnering with key organizations to help identify and scale new technologies not yet ready for the cruise industry.
We look forward to working with a strong alliance of some of the best minds in science, engineering and business who share our long-term ambition for a successful and sustainable decarbonization of the global maritime industry,
said Tom Strang, senior vice president of maritime affairs for Carnival Corporation.
Through the partnership, Carnival Corporation will have the opportunity to collaborate with industry players and like-minded organizations across the energy and shipping sectors, and have access to learnings, knowledge, and research and development activities for identifying viable decarbonization pathways. Partners of the center comprise over 40 companies, including global stakeholders from a variety of shipping-related industries such as fuel suppliers, marine classification societies, shipping companies, engineering and manufacturing companies, energy companies and more.
Following a peak in absolute carbon emissions in 2011, despite significant capacity growth since that time, Carnival Corporation is continuing initiatives to reduce emissions over time and identify a pathway to decarbonization. As part of this commitment, the company is working toward transitioning its energy needs to alternative fuels and investing in new low-carbon or zero-carbon emission technologies, in addition to partnering with various organizations and stakeholders to support and accelerate decarbonization efforts.
As part of its plan for carbon footprint reduction, the company leads the cruise industry’s use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to power cruise ships, with a total of 11 next-generation, LNG-enabled cruise ships that will have joined the fleet through 2025. The company also pioneered the use of Advanced Air Quality Systems on board its ships, with over 90% of its non-LNG ships now equipped with these advanced systems.
In addition, over 45% of its fleet has been equipped with shore-power capabilities, enabling ships to use shoreside electric power where available while in port. The company is also actively involved in investing in and supporting the transition to alternative fuels and technologies, such as biofuels, large scale batteries and fuel cells.